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  1. #76
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    Default Re: Weight Loss Table

    Thanks ill check it out, the only places i've seen fave been ebay and its rather pricy.

  2. #77
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    Default Re: Weight Loss Table

    Both of my Bulldog heads are 70 pounds.

    One stock 1970 head is 63 pounds. I will report a "as new" Bulldog head and a worked on head after I get done cleaning it up.

    OK new out of "the box" are 35 pounds each and after I cleaned the up they are 34.75 pounds.

    can who ever has the table add these heads.
    Last edited by Michael Evans; 06-30-2009 at 07:51 PM.
    Michael Evans

    "Universal means the part universally does not fit anything until you make it"


    Next Buick project...........1987 T-Type

  3. #78
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    I just made a square tube aluminum core support that only weighs 5lbs compared to the factory one at 30lbs. If there is any interest, I could work up a price.

    Here's a pic...

    http://www.v8buick.com/attachment.ph...9&d=1245100423

  4. #79
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    That would be great. I'm sure there will be interest. There are alot of rusty core supports that need replaced.
    Dave Reber
    Wadsworth Ohio

  5. #80
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    Yeah, did you fit everything on it yet to test if everything bolts up and you can still adjust the headlights etc etc.

    Hey it looks like were missing a piece on the bottom were the radiator goes in!

    Nice job!

    51lbs to 301lbs that seems a lot
    Robert Noeken
    72 Buick GS"X" TSP Build 475CID TASTAGE1TE 350CFM/TA SP2A/950CFMcarb/TA308S/Eagle H-beam BBC Rods/Stock Crank/Diamond forged pistons/Moroso external oilpump+relocated oilfilter/grooved block+bearings/oil line to rear of block/ 3/4 block fill/MSD Pro Billet /Meziere electric waterpump/ 649HP@622Torque
    First testruns: 10.76@117MPH
    Hometown The Hague, The Netherlands "Go Fast! The taste of Adrenaline"

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  6. #81
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    I am still designing the headlight area, but it will allow for normal headlight adjustments. In my car, the radiator is going to be supported by a separate bracket setup off the frame. I could make more of a factory style design though to allow for the stock location.

    Now I need to get an aluminum radiator to compliment the ultra-light core support!

  7. #82
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    Weighed the 70 car Tyler has been working on this weekend at the dragstrip. 3000# very excited. He did a lot of work..
    Mark
    72 Skylark "GSX" Convertible 462, SP 400, 4:10
    72 "GSX" 464, TH 400, 3:42 10.71@126, street tires and mufflers
    Quadrajet Power LLC
    Your one stop Quadrajet shop for parts, services and custom built Quadrajets
    mark@quadrajetpower.com

  8. #83
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    Very nice. What do you feel was the best money spent to lose the weight?
    Dave Reber
    Wadsworth Ohio

  9. #84
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    What do you feel was the best money spent to lose the weight?
    Flaming hack saw....aka cutting torch.

    Seriously, though, every oz counts and for a race car, he cut out a lot of pieces that should not be cut out for a restoration or daily driver. He cut out pass through from back seat to trunk, trunk supports/hinges, underside of trunk lid, door braces and inside panel. Glass is all replaced with lexan type except front windshield. We custom wired all components, no original wiring in the car.

    Tyler got fiberglass hood, fenders, and bumpers and made the brackets for all of those. There is a lot of weight loss there.
    Mark
    72 Skylark "GSX" Convertible 462, SP 400, 4:10
    72 "GSX" 464, TH 400, 3:42 10.71@126, street tires and mufflers
    Quadrajet Power LLC
    Your one stop Quadrajet shop for parts, services and custom built Quadrajets
    mark@quadrajetpower.com

  10. #85
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    Default Re: Weight Loss Table

    Quote Originally Posted by Justa350 View Post
    I just made a square tube aluminum core support that only weighs 5lbs compared to the factory one at 30lbs. If there is any interest, I could work up a price.

    Here's a pic...

    http://www.v8buick.com/attachment.ph...9&d=1245100423


    Hey that looks great, can you make me one? with the stock location
    Nelson
    1970 Buick Skylark - pro touring build
    TA Performance 462CID Hydraulic roller motor

  11. #86
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    You can cut cut cut on a car but I say just make the power. That is a whole lot easier and a lot less time. The new weight of my car with exhaust removed is 2890 and it is a small tire factory suspended convertible with full cage. Looks like most of the lightweight options have been addressed. If I get some time I can take some pictures of mine and few extra tricks I did to lighten it up. They either cost a lot or take a lot of time. I spent about $2000.00 to lose 40 pounds and that could have gone to a new block or crank. The problem with my car is it is too light to class race and too slow if I add weight to it and somewhat too radical to cruise. So its basically an expensive dust collector.

    Blair
    1972 X275 Buick Skylark Convertible (BUICK SPECIAL OLYMPICS)

  12. #87
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    Blair, I'm really interested in how you got a convertible to be that light. My '65 rag top drag car is gutted, and had a bunch on "lightening" done to it, and pretty sure without me in, it's still over 3300lbs.
    What fiberglass body parts do you have? I'm pretty sure I could get about 75lbs. more out but it would cost well over $1500. A bigger nitrous jet is easier, and way cheaper>

    Gary G.

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    Some of the main ones:

    1) The back of the frame after the rear end was cut off, so the last body mount you have for the trunk will no longer be used for anything nor will the trunk.
    2) The front of the frame was cut and scuplted, no more box steering, I had to use a rack and pinion.
    3) The additional metal (or what looked like additional metal) on the frame from the front floor panel to the rear floor panel was cut. I have a full moly cage so no need for it.
    4) No back seat, i cut all that out and replaced with an aluminum tub (should of tubbed the car but some idiot from S&W said you cannot put the top down with a wheel tube installed, what a bunch of garbage)
    5) The whole trunk bottom was cut out and replaced with a carbon fiber type flooring)
    6) All the firewall and cowl panel was cut out and replaced with a carbon fiber type covering. I will have to take pictures to explain this.
    7) I cut the crash beams out of the doors with a plasma cutter (WARNING: I do not recommend this, it almost ruined my doors) plus no door locks, almost all of the metal behind the door panel was removed as long as the windows rolled up and down
    8) No body mounts, the body is directly on the frame
    9) Scuplted upper A Arms, sculpted rear upper control arm support, home built trans crossmember
    10) 4 3/4 gallon fuel tank up front
    11) 32 holes where drilled in the front core support. (What a waste of time)
    12) 1/4" thick motor plates cut on waterjet that weigh nothing, also I have a 2 peice mid plate I made by watejet that weighs only 1.5 lb with fasteners
    13) Front fenders had metal removed (of course no inner fenders)
    14) Braile battery (only weighs 21 lbs) I used to run two 40 lb batteries
    15) Lexan windsheild
    16) Aluminum rear end center section and lightened aluminum brake drums
    17) Carbon Fiber Driveshaft
    18) Fiberglass bumpers, hood, and trunklid
    19) Drilled front brake rotors with only the essentials to make it stop
    20) No grill (thats 14 lbs) (I have plans on making a billet one with a waterjet that will be half the weight)
    21) Mounts that your top pivots on can be cut way down (your top will be manual from then on)
    22) You can disassemble your steering column and change the shaft from a solid one to a hollow one for 3 lbs (Its a waste of time but I did it)
    23) No e brake, all of that is gone, I know one guy who removed the pass side rear brake drum but I am not going that far.
    24) There is a special manual master cylinder you can get from autozone that is pretty light but requires a bracket to be made to bolt up to the firewall. Made that with the waterjet also.
    25) No front seat sliders, they weigh too much. If the passenger complains about it tell them next time they get in there will be no seat or seat belt for them at all. LOL

    It was a royal pain mounting the bumpers because there was no frame to mount them too

    Pros: The car is light and most people never realize it (2890 is with the pass seat and seat belt removed)
    Cons: The front fenders wobble at idle, one day I wonder if my front bumper will come off and I run over it at the track or the back one. People always slam my doors because they think they are old heavy doors. Sitting on my front fenders while working on the car is not a good thing. It would be hard to put a fuel cell back into the trunk and one day I might want that.

    Bottom line: Just make the freaking power.

    Blair
    1972 X275 Buick Skylark Convertible (BUICK SPECIAL OLYMPICS)

  14. #89
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    any one have a picture of a trimmed bumper bracket?

    Cody

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    anybody? haha

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    trimmed stock one?
    Tyler built ours from aluminum.
    Mark
    72 Skylark "GSX" Convertible 462, SP 400, 4:10
    72 "GSX" 464, TH 400, 3:42 10.71@126, street tires and mufflers
    Quadrajet Power LLC
    Your one stop Quadrajet shop for parts, services and custom built Quadrajets
    mark@quadrajetpower.com

  17. #92
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    post up either.
    Cody

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    once you get your bumpers located/lined up,drill two 1/2 inch holes as close as possible, thru the bracket and frame then you can saw almost all the bracket off.when done just use 2 1/2 bolts per side to hold bumper up ,thats what I did, whats remaining doesn't weigh much at all.

  19. #94
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    so Tom, you have 2 bolts per side total? 1 attching the bracket to the bumper and 1 attching the bracket to the frame?

    Cody

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    cody,two per side,bumper to frame so it can't pivot.

  21. #96
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    ok Tom ill give it a whirl

  22. #97
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    just finished up my cross member. it weighs 5.3 pounds. next up bumper brackets.

    Cody

  23. #98
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    Post a picture Cody, let's see what you did.
    Mark
    72 Skylark "GSX" Convertible 462, SP 400, 4:10
    72 "GSX" 464, TH 400, 3:42 10.71@126, street tires and mufflers
    Quadrajet Power LLC
    Your one stop Quadrajet shop for parts, services and custom built Quadrajets
    mark@quadrajetpower.com

  24. #99
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    Default Re: Weight Loss Table

    you know i was going to take a pic before i put it on but didn't it may take a day or two but i'll get my buddies digital camera and post it for you guys.

    Cody

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    Default Re: Weight Loss Table

    the pictures are not the best
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